By Kyle Evans, Extreme Alaska
The Alaska Nanooks Women’s hockey team finished pool play as the 2nd seed. They will face West Chester University in the second semi-final game. While Penn State plays the University of Wisconsin-Stout in the first semi-final matchup.
Alaska got the much needed win over California University of Pennsylvania Vulcans to send the Nooks to the elimination round of the ACHA Division 2 National Tournament. Nanook forward Rackell Kowalchuck scored two goals in the second period. In the third period forward Linda Evans added a third goal on a breakaway opportunity. “got the puck in the neutral zone and just had two people to beat they both stepped up and I was able to walk around them, really didn’t know what I was going to do when I came to the goalie but I saw some net up high and just put it over her shoulder” said, Evans. Alaska goalie Katrina Lydon got her second consecutive shutout, this one was a 18 save performance to help preserve the win and continue the momentum into the next round of the tournament.
After a slow start the Alaska Women’s Hockey Club seemed to find its rhythm. “We’ve been scoring timely goals and getting great goaltending that’s the recipe to our success all year long” said Nanook head coach Scott Vockeroth. Since the loss to Penn State the Nanooks have scored seven goals and allowed none.
Alaska plays West Chester Saturday, March 9, at 1:45 Alaska standard time. “I’m just really excited to go into the semi-finals tomorrow” said Nanook captain Erin Winters.